Somaliland

 

Abortion is only permitted to save the life of the woman. Please go to www.womenonweb.org to obtain the abortion pill.

Facts: 

 

Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births)

1400 (2005)

Abortion Law: 

Penal Code: 

LEGISLATIVE DECREE NO. 5 OF 16 December 1962    

Art. 418. (Abortion Without Consent). - 1. - Whoever causes the abortion of a woman, without her consent, shall be punished with imprison- ment [96 P.C.] from three to seven years.

2. - The same punishment shall be imposed on any person who causes the abortion of a woman who is incapable of giving consent [47 P.C.], where the consent is extorted by violence, threat or undue influence, or is induced by fraud.

Art. 419. (Abortion with Consent). - 1. - Whoever causes the abortion of a woman, with her consent, shall be punished with imprison- ment [96 P.C.] from one to five years.

2. - The same punishment shall apply to a woman who consents to such abortion or by any means causes it herself.

Art. 420. (Instigation to Abortion). - Whoever, other than in the cases referred to in the preceding article, instigates a pregnant woman to commit abortion [420 P.C.] by administering to her appropriate means thereto, shall be punished with imprisonment [96 P.C.] from six months to two years.

Art. 421. (Death or Injury oj the Woman). - 1. - Where the act referred to in article 418 results in the death [441 P.C.] of the woman, the punishment imposed shall be imprisonment [96 P.C.] from ten to fifteen years; where hurt [440 P.C.] results, the punishment imposed shall be imprisonment [96 P.C.] from three to eight years.

2. - Where the act referred to in paragraph 1. of article 419 results in the death of the woman, the punishment imposed shall be imprisonment [96 P.C.] from four to eight years; where hurt results, the punishment imposed shall be imprisonment [96 P.C.] from two to six years.

Art. 422. (Abortion jor Reasons oj Honour). - Where any of the acts referred to in articles 418, 419, 420 and 421 is committed for the purpose of safeguarding one's own honour or that of a near relative, the punishments prescribed therefor shall be reduced by one-half to two thirds. 

source: http://www.somalilandlaw.com/Penal_Code_English.pdf